Daytime manpower to answer calls may be the one weakness for Lauderdale County volunteer fire departments.
At a work session of the board of supervisors Monday, fire coordinator Clarence Butler said the solution may be hiring some paid employees to man the firehouses during daylight hours.
"Of course, we already know that manpower during the daytime is very, very low. We are going to have to look at the possibility of hiring some people for daytime response," Butler said.
Butler suggested the paid firefighters could work from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. five days a week when the manpower shortage is most acute. The supervisors are considering the proposal.